Week 12 CFP Implications: We’re Almost Out of Contenders

I have been saying for a month now that the leading contenders in the College Football Playoff race had a huge lead on the field. With losses by Ohio State, Michigan, Clemson, and Washington in the last month, that lead has shrunk. However, the fact remains that that gap is still there. And it could […]

Week 12 Big 12 Power Rankings

After 12 weeks, we finally have some serious upheaval in the Big 12. The state of Texas went 0-4, and gets an honorary last-place spot in this week’s rankings. Also, Kansas moves out of the basement because the Jayhawks finally won a game. (And, because honestly, they didn’t look like the worst team in the […]

College Football Rooting Interests: Week 12

This week got off with a bang, with Louisville crashing out of the Playoff race and Troy falling out of the Group of 5 auto-bid race. In short, Thursday night was a bad night for ranked teams that lost to Clemson by six points. (I don’t think this means that Auburn should be on upset […]

College Football Playoff Bubble Watch: Week 12

We’re about to start Week 12 of the college football season (including #MACtion, it has already started), which means that there are just three weeks of play left before the College Football Playoff selection committee determines our four semifinalists. To help judge these teams’ resumes, I will once again be presenting The Student Section’s Bubble […]


What the CFP Selection Committee Taught Us: Week 11

Last week was actually the most bland set of rankings the College Football Playoff selection committee gave us in its short history. The committee spent its first two years trying to drive home the point that every team is re-evaluated every week, so we often saw teams shift when they picked up quality wins or […]

Week 11 CFP Implications: Chaos Leaves Troubling Scenarios

After a chaotic week of college football, including losses by half of the College Football Playoff selection committee’s Top 10, we’re kind of in the same place we started. Clemson still controls its own Playoff destiny. Michigan still controls its own Playoff destiny. Washington is in a stickier situation, but also probably still controls its […]

Week 11 Big 12 Power Rankings

There was chaos around the college football country, which was good news for the Big 12. Oklahoma and West Virginia stayed pat, which means that a showdown in Morgantown will determine which of those two will still have a chance at the Playoff if more chaos erupts this week. Oh, and Iowa State finally won […]

College Football Rooting Interests: Week 11

We’re getting into crunch time of the 2016 college football season. We are down to only a few teams (if you read this week’s CFP Implications, you’d see there are only 14 left) who can make the Playoff and each only have a few games left. We can finally look at the concrete scenarios that […]

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What the CFP Selection Committee Taught Us: Week 10

The second week of the College Football Playoff selection committee’s rankings is always one of the most informative. As mentioned last week, the committee has turnover every year, so we really can’t fully judge what it will do this year based on previous decisions. Last week, we learned a lot. Ohio State wasn’t punished for […]

Week 10 Big 12 Power Rankings

This was another tough week for the conference, as Playoff hopes are sliding out of the “unlikely” range into the nearly-impossible range. TCU finally had the breakout game that the program has been missing all season, but one good week doesn’t overcome a season of woes. Still, TCU finally comes out of danger of being […]

Week 9 CFP Implications: Is Louisville Actually a Contender?

I am going to start by saying that I enjoy watching the Louisville Cardinals this year. I think Lamar Jackson is one of the most talented dual-threat QBs that college football has seen in quite a while. He is an electrifying player and, along with the rest of his team, is truly a pleasure to […]

Week 9 Big 12 Power Rankings

This was not a good week for the Big 12. The conference’s Playoff hopes this season have been all but dashed, though Oklahoma is still unscathed in conference play. At this point, the conference may very well be hoping that the selection committee rewards Oklahoma’s aggressive non-conference scheduling and gives the Sooners the benefit of […]

Week 8 CFP Implications: First Big Upset of the Season

The main story that any Playoff discussion will begin with this week is Ohio State’s loss to Penn State. The Buckeyes had major special teams issues and did not look good at all for much of the game, even if they controlled most of it. It ended in a loss, though, which will prompt much […]

Week 8 Big 12 Power Rankings

What a week in the Big 12. I think that Oklahoma/Texas Tech game had enough offense for the entire country, let alone the conference. Oklahoma’s poor defensive performance, along with another strong one from West Virginia, means there’s some shake-up at the top of the rankings. The bottom, of course, stayed the same. It always […]